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Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace announced in a statement. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The Duke of York will also stop using the style “His Royal Highness” in an official capacity, according to the BBC.
This news follows the ruling on Wednesday that the civil sexual assault case leveled against Prince Andrew in a New York court may go ahead.
“Plaintiff Virginia Roberts Giuffre brings this action against Defendant Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In short, she alleges that the late Jeffrey Epstein and others trafficked her to Prince Andrew who took advantage of the situation by sexually abusing her when she was under the age of eighteen,” Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York explained in a 46-page decision.
Prince Andrew’s legal team had argued that the previously secret 2009 agreement between his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein would release the British royal from liability, even though the now-unveiled documents make no mention of Andrew by name.
“The settlement signed by Prince Andrew’s accuser that the Duke hopes will lead to the dismissal of her sex assault lawsuit against him was unsealed today,” The Daily Mail reported. “Signed in 2009, Virginia Giuffre agreed to be paid $500,000 by Jeffrey Epstein to resolve the sex abuse case against him.”
As The Mail explained, while the document makes no mention of Andrew by name, it does stipulate “other potential defendants” included in the agreement, with Prince Andrew then relying on being included in the vague category defined by “other potential defendants.”
As The Daily Wire reported, Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly be asked to bankroll her son, Prince Andrew, if he agrees to a multi-million dollar settlement with Giuffre.
According to sources who spoke with The Telegraph in the U.K., the Queen would help support the cost of a settlement that could be in the region of £5 million ($6.79 million). The Telegraph also noted that the Queen is already funding Prince Andrew’s legal battle against Giuffre.
Prince Andrew’s legal woes were accelerated following the recent conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell, a close associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — a close friend of Prince Andrew — on sex trafficking charges.
“Prince Andrew has been under scrutiny for years over allegations that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre when she was underage. Giuffre is one of Epstein’s most high-profile accusers and has claimed the dead financier sex trafficked her to Prince Andrew,” The Daily Wire reported. “Giuffre says that a 2001 picture of her, Prince Andrew, and Maxwell was taken during the time she was being abused by the British royal.”
Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.